Does less tension through tail peice than through body make sense?

mrtoneman

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It seems to me all things being equal strings through the bridge seem to have an easier feel than through the body. I certainly could be wrong and it just could be my perception so would love to hear from players what they think about this.
 

Hack Prophet

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I find guitars with longer non vibrating lengths of string behind the bridge to generally feel slinkier. I assume break angle has quite a bit to do with it
 

iamdavea

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I would assume that the guitar with the shortest total string length will feel slinkier.
 

Timtam

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The perception of slinkiness (generally thought of as reflecting string stiffness, the inverse of compliance) can be down to several things ....
https://www.liutaiomottola.com/myth/perception.htm

As far as specific physics is concerned, there are multiple things going on here: eg longer vs shorter total string length, sharper vs flatter string break angle, higher versus lower saddle downforce, fewer versus more friction points. Regarding overall playing 'feel', some effects may be additive, others may cancel each other out.
 
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